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BvA.I.HardMatt TENNIS Public Courts Tourney Slated PUBLIC oouers TENMS TOUEXAMEOT 13-21 at Gorman Aaaex NAME Stennetf Finally Convinced Them STKNNETT About this time a year ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were calling Rennie Stennett the guy with the "cement glove." They said their young second sacker had proved to be a good hitter but left much to the desired in his fielding. -; Of course, he had come up from Charleston in the middle of the 1972 season, completely overcome with the excitement that goes with a youngster making his first ef- ; fort as a major leaguer. ; He had found the synthetic .turf of Three Rivers Stadium ·a* little different from the " green grass and, in some cases, lumpy infields of the International League. ;". Still lie had become much more than an adequate second isacker in his trial? at the Triple A level and there didn't iseem to be much to worry about when it came to his fielding. !Pne ground balls don't come any harder at ;thelmajor league level than they do at the mi- ·rtorleague level. But, being excited and play- ;ing-on a strange sort of infield, Rennie had to ·ad-just · ;· * * * Condemned Before He Was Judged ''· As the Pirate "brains" observed him from the'bench, they concluded almost before Rennie had played his first dozen games, that he jvasn't any Charley Gehringer out there at - second. : I They made much a-do about this and the Pittsburgh papers passed it on to Rennie . through their almost daily criticism of his fielding. - Down in Morgantown before a football game Jhat fall, Ira Miller of United Press International, was informing the scribes present that Rennie Stehnett was about the worst fielding second sacker he ever saw. \ Protests from Charleston scribes didn't convince Miller, or any of the other Pittsburgh writers there. But the Charleston scribes had jeen Rennie do his thing in the minors and they -knew that he was a good defensive ball player. I As for the Pirates, themselves, they hadn't -been around their Triple A club enough to know Twhat was going on. And things haven't changed ·much... I * * * '. A Change In Estimation - But the other day it was interesting to read "Jlhat a Pittsburgh paper had come up with the ·surprising notion that Stennett might be M"something else" as a defenseive player and V-over and over, the papers praised him. " They pointed out that he had made several . "great plays. And the. more they said in his -praise, from time to time, the better Stennett. 'Jielded. His hitting continued to be more than adequate, too. So actually, Rennie had turned out to be the kind of a ball player he had been from the beginning before the Pirates and the papers had ridden him into a sate of utter frustration. There is nothing surprising to fans in Charleston when Rennie slaps the baseball around with his bat and makes great plays afield. He's just about the best rookie player the Bucs have come up with in a long time. And they will find that the more they praise Rennie, the better he'll do... The Charleston Public Courts Tennis Tournament will be held July 13-21 at the Gorman Annex courts near Watt Powell Park. The tournament is cosponsored by the Gazette, Tennis Inc. and The Diamond Big Racquet tennis shop. Plan will be in nine classes -- four singles and five doubles. Singles competition will be in men's singles, women's singles, junior veteran men's singles and senior men's singles. Doubles will be played in Reds Passed Up Swisher? Reports come to us that the Cincinnati Reds turned a cold shoulder on cather Steve Swisher of Parkersburg, even though their scouts pleaded with them to sign him four years ago just before he enrolled at Ohio U. Then the Chicago White Sox drafted him and he may now he one of the top rookies of the year. Don't mention the name around Lyle Wolverton, a Red scout in this area. He just doesn't want to talk about it.. .Jay Rockefeller, the president at W. Va. Wesleyan, not only stays hep to the jive in recruiting students but he also knows what athletes are on the list of "possibles." "Coach (Gary) Hess had two potential recruits for his basketball team who had narrowed their choices down to Wesleyan and a major school," he said pointing up the fact that the Bobcats are getting serious consideraton from the top players and only major schools seem to knock the Bobcats o u t . . . . * * * Coleman Pulled Thrilling Play The death of Charlie Coleman, 46-year old manager of a Heck's store in Maysville, Ky., last week brought back memories to Charleston High School football fans. For it was Charlie, a 135-pound halfback, who ran back a last second kickoff 97 yards to bring the Lions a 20-19 victory over the Portsmouth High School grid team back in 1944. It had to be the most thrilling finish any football game has ever produced at old Laidley Field. A heart attack caused Coleman's death, according to Robert "Diz" Titcher of the Hecks company. . .Harold Taylor, head electrician on the W. Va. Wesleyan Physical Ed Building project, gave a week's pay as a contribution to the building fund. "I thought the others might do it, too, but so far they haven't," said Taylor, still proud of the fact that he gave even if the other d i d n ' t . . . Johnny Lipon, manager of the Salem Pirates of the Class A Carolina League,, has really had his eyes popping this season as he watches his young speedster, Miguel Dilone, develop into one of Pittsburgh's most promising prospects. All the native of Dominican Republic had done is: Top the league in batting, stolen bases, runs, hits, doules and total bases. But his teammate, Alfredo Edmead, can outrun him. Edrnean is called the fastest man in the Pirate organization. Wow . . . , Junior Tennis Opens Monday Maravich Deal. : · " · · ' ' . «^ The West Virginia Junior Tennis Tournament begins Monday at the Charleston Tennis Club and at Union Carbide Tennis Club with Kanawha County players dominating the seeds. The five-day event will continue through Friday. Kanawha players earning top seeds in their respective divisions include Bud Vredeveld, boys 12-and-under; Bob Jacobs, boys 14-and-under; Dart Meadows, boys 18-and- under; Emily Ward, girls 12-and-under;· Kelley Kruk, girls 16-and-under; and Jamie Baisden, girls 18-and-under. Assigned to the Carbide courts Monday and Tuesday are girls 12 through 16 and boys 10 through 14; assigned to the Charleston Tennis Club Monday and Tuesday are girls 18-and-under and boys 16 through 18. Players must report to their appropriate courts at least a half hour before their matches' starting time. Mendiy't Schcdult At Charltston Ttnnis Club U Boys 10a.m. -- G. Godby (S.A.) v. R. Anderson (Beckley); J. Wines (Chas) v. A. Oalzell (Moundsville); J. C.Higgins II (Beckley) v. J. Sadd (Chas); A. White (Vienna) v. S. Workman (Chas) Noon - P. Keys (Wheeling) v. D. Kefalos (Parkersburg); D. Warner (Parkersburg) v. M. Call (S.A:); M. Lamba (Parkersburg) v. R. Damous (Chas) 1 p.m. -- G. Wheaton (Vienna) v. God- b y - A n d e r s o n winner; D. G o l d f a r b (Chas) I p.m. T- G. Wheaton (Vienna) v. God- b y - A n d e r s o n winner; D. G o l d f a r b (Chas) v. Wines-Oalzell winner; J. Lynn (Chas) v. Sadd-Higgins winner; T. Winters (Vienna) v. J. Smith (Dunbar); M. Lefevre (Chas) v. White-Workman winner. II Boys 9 a.m. - K. Mullins (Chas) v. M.. Brown (Ounbar) 10 a.m. -- C. Loeb (Chas) v. C. Darby (Parkersburg) II a.m. -- D. Meadows (Chas).v. J. Reppard (Wheeling); 0. Daniels (Beckley) v. S. Taylor (Chas); J. Simms (Dunbar) v. C. Perkinson (Bluefield); Booter Banned In Doping G. Nozum (Moundsville) v. D. Fleming (So. Chas); D. Campbell (Glendale) v. J. Barr (Chas). 2 p.m. - M. Hager (Chas) v. Loeb- · Darby winner 11 Girli 9a.m. -- J. Baisden (Chas) v. T. Hogan (Wheeling); T.Miller (Chas) v. K. Thojnas (Chas); K. Wright (Dunbar) v. N. Robertson (Chas); A. Jacobs (Chas) v. S. Shores (Chas) Noon -- L. Fish (Chas) v. Wright-Rob-, ertson winner At Union Carbide Ttch ctnttr 10 Soys 9 a.m. - D. Call (S.A.) d. J. Prokity (Chas) 10 a.m. - D. Rhoades (Parkersburg) v. J. Lane (Chas); S. Modesilt (Vienna) v. J. Lewis (Chas); R. Boysen (Parkersburg) v. G. Smith (Chas). 12 Boys 10a.m. - B. Vredeveld (Chas) v. D. Tracy (Parkersburg); G. Goldman (Chas) v. J. Nilsen (Chas) 11 a.m. -- R. Robertson (Chas) v. D. Woodyard (Parkersburg); M. Field (Beckley) v. R. Rhoades (Parkersburg) 14 Btyt 9 a.m. -- D. Solomon (S.A.) v.D. Cowan (S.C.); B, Thaxton (Chas).v. E, Melton (S.C.) · Noon -- J. Lamba (Parkersburg) v. M. Simpkins (Chas); J. Higgins (Beckley) v. P. Ward (S.C.); R. KoleskeChas) v. M. Higgins (Beckley); K. Silverstein (Chas) v. D.Kays (Wheeling) 4 p.m. - B. Jacobs (Chas) v. Solomon- Cowan winner; M. Holsteln (Chas) v. Silversteln-Keys winner 12 Girls 9 a.m. - M. Tyree (Chas) v. M. Ellis (Chas); K. Gills (Chas) v. L. Robson (Chas) 2 p.m. - E. Ward (S. C.) v. K. Koleske Chas) v. Tyree-Ellis winner; K. Kruk (Chas) v. Gillis-Robson winner;J. Rose (S.A.) v, V. Thaxton 14 Girls 11 a.m. -- M. McCoy (Raverisood) v. C. Fish (Chas); L.DiTrapano (Chas) A. Robertson (Chas) 3 p.m. - L. Shores (Chas) v. McCoy- Fish winner; J. DiNlcola (Vienna) v. Di- Trapano-Robertsori winner U Girls 10a.m. - D. Warren (Beckley) v. B. Ro ss (Vienna) II a.m. - K. Kruk (Chas) v..B.Cooper (Clarksburg); S. Harmer (Bridgeport) v. R. Hamb (Chas) Noon - J. Howes (Parkersburg) v. J. French (Chas); M. Luchini (Beckley) v. A. White (Chas) 1 p.m. - D. Uhl (Vienna) v. G. Culicerto (Beckley); B. Hogan (Wheeling) v. Warren-Ross winner; G. Norman (Vienna) v. J. Rose (S.A.); B. Duggan (Vienna) v. J. Higgins (Beckley) men's doubles, women's doubles, junior veteran men's doubles, senior men's doubles and nuxed doubles. JUNIOR VETERAN classes are for men 35 years of age and over and senior classes are for men 45 years of age and over. However, junior veterans also are eligible to play in the regular classes and seniors may compete in regular and junior veteran events. Contestants may enter BO more than one singles event · and two doubles classes or, if no singles are entered they may play in three doubles events. Entry fee is $2 for sin- ·gles and $1.50 per player in doubles. In other words, a contestant entering the maximum allowable events -- one singles and two doubles -would owe a total of $5. Tennis balls and towels will be furnished. Pewter awards will be presented winners and runners up in each class. In addition, a special event is being planned to honor winners and details will be announced later. Players living in Kanawha and contiguous counties are eligible to enter. The tournament committee is compiling a list of players who will be ruled ineligible to compete in the Public Courts Tournament and.this list will be published early next week. In all cases, the tournament committee will make the final decision on any question of eligibility. Play will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sunday. During the week, play will not start until 4 p.m. in order to allow players who work or attend summer classes to compete. While every consideration will be given players in scheduling times for matches, contestants must be ready to play when scheduled. Entries should be sent to "Public Courts Tournament" in care of The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston 25330. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11. ADDRESS CITY PHONE YEAR OF BIRTH (if entering junior vet or senior class) Entering classes (check appropriate boxes). ( ) Men's singles ( ) Women's singles ( ) Junior veteran men's singles ( ) Senior men's singles ( ) Men's doubles ( ) Women's doubles ( ) Junior veteran men's doubles ( ) Senior men's doubles ( ) Mixed doubles If you know the name of your doubles partner(s) please list on a separate sheet of paper. Entry fee is $2 for singles and $1.50 per person for doubles. Tennis balls and towels will be furnished. Please send entry fee with entry. Make checks payable to "Tennis Inc." Deadline for receiving entries is 5 p.m., July 11. Entries should be sent to "Public Courts Tournament," in care of The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St., E., Charleston, W. Va. 25330. MINERS!! Ride a motorcycle on your vacation. We have a good supply of most models in stock. --ALL LOW PRICES-Included with the purchase of a new bike is TWO FREE check-ups.--500 mi. 1,000 mi. Come See Us Today YOUR HONDA DEALER THE CYCLE SHOP 415 Washington St. E. Ph. 343-8904 NEW YORK (AP) - "I've my mask and my gun in ;my room," quipped Atlanta "Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons as ;he discussed the startling -trade that sent Pistol Pete ;Maravich from the Hawks to 4he new New Orleans Jazz. - The deal has been compared "to the Watergate caper and -Fitzsimmons has been labeled -the Jesse James of the Nation-al Basketball Association. '.· For Maravich, the No. 2 'scorer in the league last season with a 27.7 average but a ^controversial figure in Atlanta, the Jazz gave up a big part ·lof its future. The new club ^surrendered its No. 1 draft ;"choices this year and next '·jyear, its No. 2 picks in 1975 land 1976, its first-round draft 'selections in 1976 and 1977 if ^advantageous to the Hawks land the first forward and ! -guard chosen in the draft to ·['stock New Orleans this sea."son. ' The last two players turned .-out to be guard Dean Memin- ;"ger f r o m the New York ·;Knicks and f o r w a r d Bob ;-Kauffman from the Buffalo ; Braves. - The Hawks also forced New ^Orleans to take aging, high'-salaried, moody Walt Bella.'my, a 35-year-old center, off 'their roster in the expansion .-draft. Bellamy has threatened ^to retire. Bigger Than West - Although Fitzsimmons acknowledged that he has not PETE MARAVICH Controversy Brings Trade spoken to the flashy Maravich since the end of the season, he admitted.that "Pete is a great player, the No. 1 ticket seller on the road of any player in the league, bigger than Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar of Milwaukee) and (Jerry) West (of the Los Angeles Lakers), who has lost some of his appeal recently because of his injuries." The feud between the diminutive coach and the high- strung player erupted last season when Fitzsimmons suspended Maravich for two games because of an off-the- court incident. "I can't say what the pob- ^Hawley to Be Inducted /nto Hall of Fame MONTREAL. Can. - Roy M. "Legs" Hawley. athletic director at West Virginia U. from 1938 to 1954, will be inducted into the National Association of College Directors of Athletics at its annual awards dinner here Monday night. Hawley served the Mountaineers up to his death. The man who succeeded him in this position, Robert N. "Red' ? Brown, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. the year he retired at the Morgantown. W. Va. school. Bill Hawley, son of the director, will be here to accept the award for his late father. Leiand Byrd. present athletic director at WVU, also will attend. 5 HAWLEY A certificate! rf Hawley's membership ; already been mailed to W£jt Virginia U. lem was," said Fitzsimmons, "because the image of the player is involved. I thought his relationship with me and the players was good until then, but alter that our relationship deteriorated." Shortly after the season, Maravich called a meeting to "clear the air," but surprisingly Fitzsimmons was not invited. Other Atlanta club officials, however, were present, and none informed Maravich that they were considering trading him. Hard to Clear Air "It's hard to clear the air, when one of the two parties involved isn't invited," explained Fitzsimmons. "But there was no need for the other club officials to tell him we were thinking of trading him because I am in charge of trades." Not long afterwards, Maravich was on his way to New Orleans in the trade that caused severe reverberations both in Atlanta and New Orleans. The Jazz was elated at getting the fiery Maravich, because it was in Louisiana that he had gained national recognition, at Louisiana State University, where he became the highest scorer in major college history. "1 have tried to contact him since the trade," said Fitzsimmons, "but he prefers not to talk now.'' Fitzsimmons said he thought that Maravich's collegiate exploits have hurt him psychologically in the pros. "Maybe the Hawks expected too much of him and maybe he expected too much of himself," said Fitzsimmons. "I think he feels he's being blamed for our not winning last season, our not doing as well as we had done the previous year," jaid Fitzsimmons. The Hawks finished with a 35- 47 record last season and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 19E. "There was so much pressure put on him." continued the coach. "There were things put in his head, put there by other people, not me. I hope he can adjust with a new team. I think he's talented enough to do », it's a matter of will." U F R A N K F U R T , Germany ( A P ) - H a i t i defender Ernst Jean-Joseph has become the first soccer player in World Cup history to be banned from the championships because he admittedly took a prohibited drug. The World Cup organizing committee announced today that Jean-Joseph had been "found guilty of doping on the occasion of the Haiti vs. Italy match in Munich" last Saturday. The committee said a doping test disclosed that Jean-Joseph took a substance containing phenylmetrazin prior to the hard f o u g h t match, won by favored Italy 3-1. In Munich, Jean-Joseph contended he had received a "lot of pills" from his physician in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for treatment of asthma. But Prof. Gottfried Schoenholzer of Switzerland, head of the International Soccer Federation's (FIFA) doping commission for the World Cup, told The Associated Press that phenylmetrazin generally was prescribed as a diet drug. In addition to checking appetite, he said, it also has a stimulating effect. Although, under FIFA rules, an entire team can be banned from the World Cup in case of deliberate doping, Prof. Schoenholzer said it was his personal opinion that FIFA's disciplinary action would not go beyond the expulsion of JeanJoseph. More sweeping action might have been taken, he said, if both Haitian players tested after last Saturday's game had registered positives. As it turned out, only Jean-Joseph showed positive. Doping checks were first used in the World Cup championships in England in 1966. Neither then nor in Mexico four years later was a single doping case detected, according to Schoenholzer. The j World Cup competition was) begun in 1930. The case recalled discipli- j nary action taken during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich against American swimmer Rick DeMont. DeMont lost the gold medal be \ had won in the 400-meter ', freestyle after a doping test determined he had taken toe drug epnedrifl. The swimmer said the drug had b?n prescribed for asthma, v't. 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